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Right wing extremism is alive and well in BC: SFU study

Last Updated Feb 22, 2016 at 9:54 am PST

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VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Right wing extremists are flourishing in BC, Alberta and Quebec according to a new study out of SFU.

Co-author of the report, Ryan Scrivens says while these groups aren’t likely to be in Vancouver, they are present in parts of the province.

“Northern BC, parts of Quebec, and Alberta. We see hot pockets. We basically see places they can reside for a little while, but it’s not that simple. They don’t just hang out in one particular place.”

Scrivens believes these groups are being left out of the conversation when it comes to terrorism.

“They have been discussed very little in the Canadian context, but if you take a look at the records, I mean historically they have committed way more acts of violence than any other what you want to call extremists or terrorist groups.”

Scrivens believes these groups are being forgotten about in the terrorism conversation, even though they have been historically more violent than any terrorist organization.

This is one of the first academic looks at right wing extremism in Canada.

Earlier this week VICE Canada talked about the rise of extremism in the country. In it they say thousands of hate crimes occur every year in Canada, with 200 assaults in 2013 (the last year on record).